Journal of Nursing Jocularity

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What’s So Funny About Nursing?

Happy Nurses Week!

I hope you’ve been having the best Nurses’ Week ever. It’s been great to see a really healthy amount of humor as part of Nurses Week celebrations this year. Some of the best stuff I’ve seen has been on SomeeCards – go check it out, and if you see one that would make your favorite nurse laugh right out loud, send it to them. It’s free, and the gift of humor is one that will make your friend happier and healthier.

It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I have to admit to liking, “Happy Nurses Week to all the nurses with friends too cheap to go to the doctor!” Raise your hand if you know more about your closest friend’s gastrointestinal system than you ever hoped to. And people are really willing to stretch the definition of friend when they need medical advice…if they went to the same high school you did, t(*cough*) years ago and haven’t seen each other since, that’s a close enough connection to solicit your opinion of their small bowel resection!

As nurses, using humor is one of the best things we can do to help each other – and ourselves – be happier, healthier people. Laughter is an all-natural way to control stress, keep blood pressure low, and improve your energy levels. Whether you’re the air traffic control in a world of frequent fliers or facing another day with Dr. Crankypants, laughter provides the emotional resiliency nurses need to hang in there.

Learn more by reading What’s So Funny About… Nursing?: A Creative Approach to Celebrating Your Profession. It makes a great Nurses Day gift for the nurses you work with everyday – or for yourself!

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Great Gift for Nurses Week!

Nurses who laugh are happier people.

Nurses who laugh are healthier people.

Nurses who laugh are better nurses.

But what’s so funny about nursing?

This year, Nurse’s Week is May 6-12. Just in the nick of time, Karyn Buxman has released the latest volume in the side-splitting What’s So Funny book series: What’s So Funny About… Nursing?: A Creative Approach to Celebrating Your Profession.

Here’s an excerpt, discussing how humor can make you healthier:

When was the last time you heard that watching TV could actually make you healthier?! Another way you
can really give your heart a boost is by playing the ICU Game: Any time you see an error on a medical TV show (Nurse Jackie and Grey’s Anatomy are GREAT for this!) that would result in the patient spending the rest of his short, short life in the ICU, get up and do 25 jumping jacks. You could have the heart of an Olympian in less than one season!

Fun, funny, and packed with practical information to bring the healing power of humor into everyday nursing, What’s So Funny About… Nursing?: A Creative Approach to Celebrating Your Profession is now available at a special discount price for Nurse’s Week. Order now and save! It’s a great gift for the nurses in your life – and don’t forget to include yourself!

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Time To Celebrate!

KarynB08-041May is here, and you know what that means! It’s National Nurses’ Week! Nurses’ Week is a time to celebrate everything that makes nursing as a profession distinctive and unique, to reflect and rejoice in the very real difference we make in the lives of our patients – and in the lives of the people we work with everyday.

Christine Belle said, “Our job as nurses is to cushion the sorrow and celebrate the joy, everyday, while we are just doing our jobs.” How true is that? Being a nurse puts us directly in the center of some of life’s most dramatic moments – the arrival of a child, the end of life, the discovery that there is no amount of mentos and diet Coke that you can ingest that will enable you to fly – and we’re there to do more than bear witness. We help ease pain, alleviate confusion, and provide valuable emotional support – on top of the everyday work of helping and healing. Amazing! (more…)

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Bedside Manners: Its the Thought That Counts by Patrica L Raymond, MD, FACP, FACG

It’s the thought that counts.

That’s the phrase you hear when you look at your gift with bewilderment, seeking to understand—why this? Why to me? It usually comes as a set with a phrase about gift horses. And it’s always non-returnable, without a gift receipt.

The phrase leapt into my mind and burrowed there this week when I received an email from one of our local large hospitals about this years’ plans to celebrate Nurses Week. It left me bewildered. (more…)

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